Animal Control euthanizes a coyote after a collision

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After a coyote was fatally struck by a car this week, a Tesoro del Valle resident questioned the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control response time to process treatment for a injured coyote on Mcbean Parkway Monday morning.

Michael Gharibi said on his way home early in the morning from a friend’s house, he saw the animal crossing the street and managed to avoid it. He said the animal appeared to have been injured by another vehicle before.

“He was dragging his body down the road, and when he hit the far left lane, I stopped. I turned on my hazard lights, got out of the car, and started filming her to have video proof of her life and everything. ”

Minutes before 1 a.m., while still standing in front of his car on McBean Parkway, Gharibi called the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“I told them about it and they said, ‘No worries, we’ll send an officer and I’ll call animal control in a few minutes,’ Gharabi said, recounting his side of events.

It was at this point that a vehicle traveling in the same direction as Gharibi crashed into the back of the Tesoro resident’s vehicle, sending his vehicle about 100 feet down the road.

“(My car) is still missing the coyote, so I’m calling the cops again,” Gharabi said, saying he now needs to inform them of the accident. He said the deputy who immediately responded to the crash said animal control would make it happen.

Gharabi would eventually be forced to leave because his car needed towing, and he had yet to see a member of Animal Control. He said on Friday he was disappointed with the county’s response and that they should find better alternatives.

When The Signal visited the scene later Monday morning, the coyote was left there, still alive at 11 a.m.

Animal control officials said they had arrived and had taken the coyote into their care. However, after examining the extent of the wild animal’s injuries, he was then humanely euthanized the same day, according to department spokeswoman Don Belton.

“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife does not allow the relocation of wildlife; therefore, the department does not collect wild animals unless they are sick or injured and require medical attention, ”the county department’s website read. “If you come across a sick or injured wild animal, do not approach or handle the animal. ”

Belton said on Friday afternoon that due to a medical emergency, the cemetery’s animal care and control worker for the area was not available.

“We got a call from the sheriff at 1:30 am, but in this particular situation we had no one on staff at that time,” Belton said. “We tried to redirect it to nearby offices and other jurisdictions, such as Antelope Valley in Palmdale and Lancaster, but they weren’t available.

“So, efforts were made to contact another officer, but unfortunately we were not successful,” Belton added. “The next available officer took care of it at that time (around 11 hours).”


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